Been a paid member here since last year but not been on much since starting PWK 3 months ago. I just had my first go at the exam and failed. Not badly (50 or so out of 100, pass is 70). But I fell down on privesc mostly which seems to be my Achilles heel.
Can anyone suggest which machines on here are good for that and/or similar to the OSCP style? Solid-state springs to mind, I know it’s similar to an ex exam machine but any more would be good. As someone else said a lot on here are fun/CTF/puzzle style but I know there are some more realistic ones too (not that OSCP are all realistic either!)
Hoping to resit in 2 weeks with a bit of time in the PWK labs and a bit here. Looking forward to passing so I can get back to the HTB properly
Thanks in advance.
So it’s funny, I got my OSCP and no I did not pass on my first try, or my second. There is something that I like to call the 50/55 Point wall. A lot of people I know hit it and its normal.
I am not ashamed to say I had to take the test a few times, I learned more because of it and I am stronger for it.
The hardest part of the test (IMO) is not actually the hacking, its keeping your head on straight for 24 hours (there are some ubers out there who can get all 5 boxes in 6 hours but lets not talk about them…)
Make a checklist of the basics, make sure you take breaks, and make sure you remember to eat. Do not get discouraged when you are stuck in a rabbit hole, everything that you do wrong is still new knowledge as to where not to go.
Trust your Gut, there is always a path too user and root, if all seems lost think about what you would do to make a similar box for a competition knowing what you know up to the point were you are at.
Just keep grinding away at the labs and here in HTB. Vulnhub is good too. Other users left a good list of boxes to go after and like I and other have said, get the most out of the labs that you can. Everything you do in there is a learning experience.
Watch Ippsec’s Videos for more tricks you can apply as well.
And above all else, stay motivated, its a hard test for a reason, don’t get discouraged, keep slamming at it. You will get it.